Nigerians Must Reject ‘Prison-Yard Democracy’ – Tambuwal


Aminu Tambuwal, the Governor of Sokoto State, has called on Nigerians to reject what he described as "prison-yard democracy", where the rights of the people are not respected.

Governor Tambuwal made the call in a statement released on Tuesday.

According to the Governor, Nigerians have already endured the lack of basic amenities and job security and must not be further subjected to denial of their liberty to make free choices as citizens of the country.

“Nigerians must, in strong terms, say no to prison-yard democracy, where the rights of the citizenry are shackled to the caprices of a few as if we now run a nation of helpless inmates.

“If the people of Nigeria are so unfortunate to endure the growing nightmare occasioned by deprivation of most things that a democracy should ordinarily provide; if they are now accustomed to the pangs of hunger, unemployment, shabby infrastructure, poor healthcare and general hopelessness, they should, in the interest of democracy and the youth, stand against anything that has the potential of robbing them of their inalienable rights to live and make choices as free citizens.”

Governor Tambuwal, who was a former speaker of the House of Representatives, also decried the present political dilemma in Benue State, where some lawmakers are attempting to impeach Governor Samuel Ortom.

He also slammed the Police over their role in preventing Bukola Saraki, the Senate President, and his Deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, from leaving their homes to attend the Senate's plenary last week Tuesday.

The Governor said, “These are unfortunate incidents, an aberration, a reprehensible attack on the fundamental human rights and privileges of fellow Nigerians and a direct attack on our fledgeling democracy.”

Tambuwal's statement comes at a period when rumours are emanating that he would decamp from the All Progressives Congress, APC, and return back to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

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